Obituaries May 18

May 17, 2013

David Nathan Bigley

David Nathan Bigley of Washington passed into Jesus’ arms Thursday, May 16, 2013.

He was born May 12, 1956, in Connellsville, a son of Bernard F. Bigley and Emily R. Leapline Bigley.

Mr. Bigley was a 1974 graduate of Connellsville High School. He then graduated from West Virginia University in 1978 with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry and coal-processing engineering. He retired from Consol Energy in December 2012, after 34 years of service. Most recently, he was manager of information technology at River Operations Division in Monessen.

He loved the Lord, his family, friends and his church, Washington Alliance Church. Over the past 20 years of his membership, he served his church as an elder, Sunday school teacher, treasurer, recording secretary, Board of Ministries member, choir member and member of the men’s quartet. Recently, he participated in a mission trip to the Dominican Republic, where he built housing for Haitian refugees. He had planned to spend his retirement on many more. He was a Bible scholar, and he taught without intention through actions demonstrating his love for the Lord. He enjoyed participating in his Bible study group as a team leader.

Mr. Bigley loved spending time with his family. He also enjoyed boating and cycling, having ridden both the Scarnati/Cawley 100 and MS 175 to raise money for Children’s Hospital and multiple sclerosis research. He was eagerly awaiting the birth of his grandson in May.

Surviving are his wife of 35 years, Roseann Ranker Bigley; a son, Dr. Joel David Bigley and wife Andrea of Pittsburgh; and a daughter, Dr. Lauren Renee DiGiovine and husband Dr. Daniel DiGiovine of Morgantown, W.Va.

Also surviving are sisters Regina Nazimek and husband Jack and Lois Jean Bigley and a brother, John Bigley and wife Beulah.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Francis Bigley.

There will be a public visitation from 2 to 8 p.m Sunday in William G. Neal Funeral Home, 925 Allison Avenue, Washington, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 20. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Washington Alliance Church Building Fund, 246 Sanitarium Road, Washington, PA 15301. Additional information and guest book are available at

Ralph E. Bowman Jr.

Ralph E. Bowman Jr., 77, of Washington, died Friday, May 17, 2013.

He was the beloved husband of Myrna Bowman; loving brother of Roberta (late Raymond) Refosco, Gerald (Sandy) Bowman, Jean (William) Manz and Lois (David) Bowman Correia; and nieces and nephews.

Mr. Bowman was a U.S. Army veteran, owned and operated Open Pantry in Washington and enjoyed traveling.

Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Beinhauer Funeral Home, 2828 Washington Road, McMurray, 724-941-3211, where a blessing service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 20. Interment will be private in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township. Please view or add tributes at

Jodi Lynn Dufresne

Jodi Lynn Dufresne, 39, of Washington, died Thursday, May 16, 2013, in Washington Hospital.

She was born October 18, 1973, in Washington, a daughter of Joseph and Joyce Pellman Piasente of Bridgeville.

Mrs. Dufresne was a 1992 graduate of Chartiers-Houston High School and received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Phoenix.

She was a member of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church, Meadow Lands.

Mrs. Dufresne worked for Rite Aide in Washington and was an Avon representative.

She was associated with the Multiple Sclerosis Society and was an avid Steelers and Penguins fan. She enjoyed bowling and spending time with her nephews.

On August 10, 2010, she married James P. Dufresne Jr., who survives.

Surviving, in addition to her husband and parents, are a brother, Joseph A. Piasente (Elizabeth) of Pittsburgh; maternal grandparents Charles and Virginia Pellman of Houston; four nephews, Nicholas Piasente, Jack and Mason Bauer and D.J. Long; father- and mother-in-law, James and Diane Dufresne Sr. of Houston; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Deceased are her paternal grandparents, Fred and Margaret Piasente, and her mother-in-law, Shirley Dufresne.

Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday in McIlvaine-Speakman Funeral Home Ltd., Robert K. McIlvaine, owner/supervisor, 27 Cherry Avenue, Houston, PA 15342. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated a 10 a.m. Monday, May 20, in Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church, Meadow Lands, with the Rev. Carmen D’Amico as celebrant. Everyone is asked to meet at the church. Interment will follow in St. Patrick Cemetery, Canonsburg. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Pittsburgh Chapter, 1501 Reedsdale Street, No. 105, Cardelllo Building, Pittsburgh, PA 15233. Condolences may be left by viewing the obituary at

Kenneth Alvin Gray

Additional information was received for the obituary of Kenneth Alvin “Fuzzy” Gray, published Friday.

Surviving are 11 grandchildren, Kristy, Ryan, Randy, James, Tina, Ashley, Kevin, Korey, Amber, William and Stepfanie; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Burris Ray Headley

Burris Ray Headley, 87, of Mt. Morris, died at 10:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16, 2013, in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va.

He was born Monday, January 11, 1926, in Spraggs, a son of the late Ray F. Headley and Helen Whitlatch Headley.

Mr. Headley was a member of Mt. Morris United Methodist Church.

He also was a member of Mt. Morris Lions Club, Mt. Morris Senior Center and James T. Maxon American Legion Post 992 of Mt.Morris, where he was past commander.

Mr. Headley was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during World War II in the Phillipines.

He worked as a mechanic for 42 years for Shannopin Coal Mine in Bobtown.

His wife, Helen Elena Hawkins Headley, whom he married May 7, 1958, died November 21, 2002.

Surviving are a daughter, Elena (Ralph) Dennis of Morgantown; three sons, Warren (Frances) Headley of Mt. Morris, David (Linda) Headley of Smithfield and Frank (Mira) Headley of Morgantown; seven grandchildren, Darrell (Betsy) Headley of Mt. Morris, Tammy (Rob) Everly of Morgantown, Lisa (Marvin) Carter of Williamsburg, Va., Brandon Headley and Lynann Headley, both of Morgantown, and Grant Headley and Adam Headley, both of Smithfield; nine great-grandchildren, Jordon Headley, Jennifer Headley, Jeffrey Headley and Jacob Headley, all of Mt. Morris, Joshua Carter, Breonna Carter and Kayla Carter, all of Williamsburg, and Justin Everly and Michael Everly, both of Morgantown; two sisters, Ruth A. Waychoff and Doris Forquer, both of Core, W.Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

He also leaves behind his caregiver, Lisa Lewis.

Deceased are three brothers, Alvin Headley, Carl F. Headley and Roy E. Headley.

Friends will be received from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home Inc., Daryl L. Throckmorton, owner/director, 324 Mt. Morris Road, P.O. Box 478, Mt. Morris, PA 15349, where services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, May 20, with the Rev. Fred Tomlinson officiating. Burial will be in Fairview-Kiger Cemetery, Whiteley Township. Graveside military rites will be accorded by James T. Maxon American Legion Post 992 of Mt.Morris. Information is available at

G. Robert Jacobs Jr.

A memorial service for G. Robert Jacobs Jr., who passed away April 20, 2013, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18, in Trinity United Methodist Church, McMurray.

Raymond A. Kifer

Raymond A. Kifer, 88, of Washington, died Thursday, May 16, 2013, in his home.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and are being handled by Warco-Falvo Funeral Home Inc.

A complete obituary will follow in a later edition.

Michael V. Konyk

Michael V. Konyk, 91, of Canonsburg, passed away Thursday, May 16, 2013, in Broadmoor Senior Living, Bridgeville.

He was born June 14, 1921, in Colver, Cambria County, a son of the late Vincent and Anna Duzenik Konyk.

Mr. Konyk served as a private during World War II in U.S. Army’s Company C, 318th Infantry 80th division. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and the Battle of France, among others. Mr. Konyk’s bravery earned him the Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal with five bronze stars and silver star. This bravery also earned him a part-time job with Cecil Township as a police officer for 12 years and was inducted to Soldiers and Sailors Hall of Valor in Oakland in October 1997.

He also was an equipment operator for Mt. Lebanon Township for 13 years.

Mr. Konyk was Catholic. He lived in Canonsburg since 1953, where he was a life member and past commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 553 of Strabane and also of American Legion Post 902 of Houston, a life member of Canonsburg Sportsmen Club and Disabled Veterans of America and longtime member of Canonsburg Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191 and American Legion Post 902 honor guard.

On July 12, 1986, he married his second wife, Helen M. Harps, who passed away September 16, 1996.

Surviving are two nephews, John “Jack” (Nikki) Konyk of Bethel Park and Jeffrey Konyk of South Park.

Deceased are his first wife, Evelyn Potter Konyk, who passed away May 5, 1985; a son, Michael V. Konyk Jr., who passed away November 5, 1987; a brother, John P. Konyk; and a sister, Mary Konyk.

Friends are welcome from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Salandra Funeral Service Inc., Joseph P. Salandra, owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120, where a blessing service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 20. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray. Full military honors will be accorded by the combined honor guard of American Legion Post 902 and VFW Post 191. The family suggests, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Operation Comfort Warriors Fund via in memory of Mr. Konyk. To view or extend condolences, please visit

L. Ruth Stark

L. Ruth Stark, 84, formerly of Carmichaels, died at 9:15 a.m. Friday, May 17, 2013, in Rolling Meadows Nursing Home, Waynesburg.

Arrangements are incomplete and are under the direction of Rush Funeral Home Inc., Rogersville. A complete obituary will be published in a later edition.

Mary V. Tucker

Mary V. “Ginny” Tucker, 74, of Bentleyville, formerly of New Port Richey, Fla., died Friday, April 26, 2013, in her home.

She was born August 11, 1938, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of the late Willis Clifford and Ethyl Juanita Sanderson Gossett.

Mrs. Tucker was a member of First United Methodist Church, New Port Richey.

She was a graduate of Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, and worked as a registered nurse in Barberton Hospital.

On April 13, 1963, she married Theodore Tucker, who survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Traci Tucker of Tampa, Fla., and Kari Beckett (Brian) of Scenery Hill; three grandchildren, Alex Germain, Wyatt Beckett and Loren Beckett; a brother, Frank Raymond (Debra) of Land-O-Lakes, Fla.; two sisters, Susan Brown of New Port Richey and Sandra Kerns (David) of Bentleyville; and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to her parents, is a brother-in-law, Jack Brown.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 26, in Edwards Chapel United Methodist Church, 3111 Route 136, Finleyville. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Greenlee Funeral Home, 619 Main Street, Bentleyville. Memorial contributions may be made by mail to National MS Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY 10163 or 800-344-4867 or Guest book and personal condolences may be accessed at



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